Some helpful local Christmas information

Filed in Just In by December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas!

I hope that residents enjoy Christmas in the style they love, be it with friends and family enjoying an eating fest, or enjoying a quite day at home. My thoughts are with those in our community who are self-isolating with covid, may you get better soon and only have the mildest of symptoms and for those that find this time of year a little difficult, may you find some peaceful moments and know you are surrounded by a close community.

On more practical matters, many want to know when to put the prawn heads out for garbage collection, when the chemist reopens and who to phone if we have further storms, so I’ve compiled some information below.


Council staff have advised garbage services will be as normal for the Christmas week, but will be delayed by one day in the New Year week.


Scone Medical Practice is closed from midday Friday, December 24 until Monday, January 3, 2022 and will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Scott Memorial Hospital, Scone: over the Christmas – New Year period there may be times when local doctors are not on-site in Scone, however skilled emergency department nurses will be working closely with doctors in Muswellbrook and Maitland hospitals via Telehealth cameras to provide care and transferring patients to other hospitals as needed. Hunter New England Health encourage local people to continue to present to the local emergency department, where staff will continue to ensure they receive the care they need. 

Ambulance: In city areas ambulance are often called to trivial matters, which is frustrating, but in country areas ambulance staff say we are too stoic and often delay calling an ambulance when we should phone earlier. There are local ambulance staff always at the ready to provide care, even on Christmas Day.

Healthdirect hotline: Speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns 24/7: 1800 022 222.

Chemist Discount Centre Scone


  • Friday, December 24: 8:30am – 6pm
  • Sunday, December 26: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Monday, December 27: 10am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 28: 10am – 1pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 29 – Friday Dec 31: 8:30am – 6pm


  • Saturday, December 25, 2021
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022

Scone Discount Pharmacy


  • Saturday, December 25 – Tuesday, December 28.
  • Saturday, January 1 – Monday, January 3.


  • Friday, Dec 24: 8:30am – 6pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 3: Back to normal trading hours


COUNCIL offices will be closed from midday Friday, December 24 until Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

There is the possibility of more heavy rain and thunderstorms over the Christmas – New Year period, so here are some numbers which may be useful:

  • For any issues with Council roads, bridges, animal control, water, sewerage and landfill please phone: 02 6540 1100
  • State Emergency Services: 13 25 00
  • Bushfires: 1800 081 166



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